BUJUMBURA June 23rd (ABP) – The chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (CENI), Mr. Pierre Claver Kazihise, met on Tuesday June 22, 2021, in Bujumbura, the district and village councillors of the Mukaza district. The discussions focused on the laws governing district and village councillors.
In a press briefing given to the media, Mr. Kazihise said that the reports sent to the CENI showed that at the level of the term of district and village councillors, there are misunderstandings, discussions, debates and some complaints.
The CENI therefore saw fit to organize a meeting with those district and village councillors to be able to discuss the operation of their term, the laws and rules that may be observed in the exercise of their functions.
Mr. Kazihise stressed that the discussions focused on certain articles of the laws so that those district and village councillors can draw inspiration from them as working tools.
For those who had concerns about the replacement of a district or village councillor, the CENI was able to establish the legal and regulatory provisions that are there to proceed with the replacement. It will be easy, Mr. Kazihise said, indicating that there will be no unnecessary debate in such cases.
The participants in that meeting raised their problems in the accomplishment of their tasks, especially the non-collaboration of the councillors among themselves in the decision-making. They also presented their grievances for the good collaboration, in particular the salary for each councillor as is done to the village leader or to the administrator.
The chairman of the CENI urged the members of the district and the village councils to use non-violent communication in all places and in all circumstances and to organize meetings to discuss issues that haunt them in order to find solutions together. He wished them every success in their office and called on them to always abide by the law and the constitution in decision-making process.